By Edward M. Anson

Alexander’s Heirs deals a story account of the nearly 40 years following the demise of Alexander the good, within which his generals vied for keep watch over of his significant empire, and during their conflicts and politics eventually created the Hellenistic Age.

  • Offers an account of the facility struggles among Alexander’s rival generals within the 40  12 months interval following his death
  • Discusses how Alexander’s enormous empire eventually turned the Hellenistic World
  • Makes complete use of basic and secondary sources
  • Accessible to a vast viewers of scholars, collage students, and the expert common reader
  • Explores very important scholarly debates at the Diadochi

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Craterus, for all of his resources, did not physically contest or apparently even voice objections to the resolutions reached in Babylon. When he eventually did cross to Macedonia, he immediately deferred to Antipater’s authority (Diod. 5). v. Craterus). Additionally, Craterus never accused Perdiccas of usurping his prostasia. He was a loyal Macedonian and royal supporter. Later, he would angle for some role in Asia (Diod. 7), which he apparently hoped to achieve by negotiation (Errington 1970: 61–2; Anson 2004: 63).

1), nor Plutarch (Eum. 1–2), provides more than the briefest of outlines of these events. The basic scenario of events described in Justin is accepted by many scholars, who reject Curtius’ account as either “imaginative fiction” (McKechnie 1999: 49–50), or “a confused pot pourri” (Bosworth 2002: 35–44). However, Curtius’ account is more faithful to the specific historical context. The troops, while initially having no expectation that they would select the next king, yet by the same token not willing to sit meekly by in some distant location while their futures were being decided, ultimately chose a king.

These officers now made use of their many advantages in this split between the elite Macedonian cavalry and their compatriots in the infantry. The latter had all been at one time or another under the command of these leaders. Our sources proclaim that of the officers only Meleager supported Arrhidaeus and the infantry (Diod. 2; Arr. Succ. 2). Meleager was not one of the principes; he had not risen above battalion commander (Heckel 1992: 167; 2006: 160). Attalus was a more substantive character, but it is Meleager who all the sources describe as the leader of the infantry.

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